Anthony Joshua faces tough test ahead of Kevin Johnson showdown

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Heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua will be showcasing his skills this weekend at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham where he will take on his tallest opponent to date in 6' 4" Brazilian Raphael Zumbano Love.

The Olympic gold medallist has been unstoppable so far in the pro ranks with 11 wins all by knock-out. The fight this weekend is scheduled to be more of a tune up bout as AJ prepares for his toughest test on May 30 against American Kevin Johnson.


The Watford man has taken out all of his opponents and is yet to go past the third round and although this Saturday should end relatively quickly, its possible it may go longer than three rounds. The Brazilian challenger is a big puncher which a record of 36 wins (29 by knock-out) 10 losses and one draw.

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The Mickey Helliet promoted fighter has only been stopped three times (twice by fighters who were undefeated at the time of fighting) most recently against US heavyweight contender Charles Martin.

Raphael Zumbano Love also fought former world champion Shannon Briggs last year and lost by decision. The credentials of Love show that although this may be an assumed warm up bout for Joshua, it is by no means the easiest of tune up fights to take.

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It will be a good measuring stick to see how AJ can try and better his performance to that of highly ranked heavyweights in Charles Martin and Shannon Briggs. The boxing world is waiting in anticipation to see how far the 6' 6" knock-out machine can go under Eddie Hearn.


There is no doubt that AJ has fantastic guidance and management around him, get through this weekend and if Joshua can make a statement by being the first to stop Kevin Johnson at the end of the month there will be an outcry for a British title fight with amateur rival Dillian Whyte possibly waiting in the wings.

The future of heavyweight boxing looks exciting as the UK have a fighter who has the potential to take over the world, fellow British fighters in David Price, Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury will provide mouth watering bouts and if Fury gets his title fight against Klitschko and seemingly does the impossible by beating him then there may be no reason to hold Joshua back and set up a massive domestic world title bout next year.                   

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